Definition of "purport" []

  • To have or present the often false appearance of being or intending; profess: selfish behavior that purports to be altruistic. (verb-transitive)
  • To have the intention of doing; purpose. (verb-transitive)
  • Meaning presented, intended, or implied; import. See Synonyms at substance. (noun)
  • Intention; purpose. (noun)
  • To claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely (verb)

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  • (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply (verb)
  • Meaning; significance (noun)
  • Purpose; object; intention (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "purport" in a sentence
  • "Admittedly, this is much ado about nothing since the Dems control the legislature and the state, and the few state republicans left will watch gleefully as the dems once again purport to tell the voters what's good for them. ichong"
  • "Not a penny of it has reached the contracted artists the labels purport to represent."
  • "*** The main purport of my writing is, to tell you that we have found a house for the next half year."